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Grateful neighbors feed Grand Rapids Police

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- When they think of all the things they are thankful for at this time of year, residents of some Grand Rapids neighborhoods always include the city police department.

"For doing a good job and keeping us safe," explains Elaine Edmonds from the Creston Neighborhood Association.

Every year members of the Creston Neighborhood Association and Garfield Park Neighborhood association collaborate to serve a meal at the Grand Rapids Police Department.

It's comfort food like chili, corn chowder and sandwiches.

They say it's a way to thank the officers for doing their often difficult, dangerous jobs.

Tuesday night they brought the annual banquet to a break room in the headquarters basement.

"We are honoring them," says Edmonds. "They put their lives on the line every day and we need to honor the police officers."

"It's just a really nice way to say thank you to all of the officers," adds Marty Smith of the Garfield Park Neighborhood Association.

"We do not get this real frequently," says GRPD Sgt. Mark Konynenbelt. "I think it's an absolute gesture of friendliness and working together."

Grand Rapids has about 300 police officers. Tuesday night the neighborhood associations think they fed and personally thanked about a third of them.


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